Council bosses have said a metal fence on which a seven-year-old boy impaled his hand will not be removed after it carried out an inspection.Oh?
Hasan Hussain slipped while attempting to climb the five-and-a-half foot fence to retrieve a football and impaled his hand on the spike.Ah, there you go – nothing wrong with the fence, it was attempting to do its job (keep people out).
And it has now emerged a second child suffered a horrific injury to his hand in a similar incident three weeks ago.So, little Hasan should have learned a valuable lesson from that, shouldn’t he?
Zeeshaan Ashras, 10, who attends Lomeshaye Primary School, ripped tendons and damaged nerves and muscle in his finger after slipping on the fence.
Zeeshaan’s Uncle, Javed Ashras, who lives with his nephew in Victoria Street, Nelson, is now backing Hassan’s family who are calling on the council to remove the railings.And leave the building site open?
Yeah, that’d be a really big safety improvement, wouldn’t it?
“That fence is ridiculous. If these incidents happened anywhere else the council would have been out and removed them by now. ”‘If the incidents happened anywhere else..’? Just what do you suppose he means by that?
Iftekhar Bokhari, senior regeneration officer at Pendle Cuncil, said:And designed to keep little Hasans and little Zeeshans from playing with the heavy plant instead of their footballs.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that youngsters have sustained injuries on the metal fencing in Every Street.
“But I must stress that the whole purpose of the fence is to keep people out of a building site.
“Injuries can happen when climbing over high security fences, which are designed to deter people from entering restricted areas.”
Alsio designed to stop others (say, their older brothers?) from stealing them…
The council is now contacting local schools, mosques and churches to remind youngsters the area is a building site and not suitable for playing in.If they really need reminding, perhaps there’s far too much cousin-marriage going on in this area…